Curators, film programmers, filmmakers, and film scholars are invited to submit a proposal to present at the fourth William & Louise Greaves Filmmaker Seminar, an annual program for Black, Brown, and Indigenous artists working in cinematic realms, hosted by BlackStar. Selected proposals will become seminar sessions presented at Stanford University during the 2024 Greaves Seminar, scheduled for March 8-10. Travel, accommodations, and a small stipend will be provided in addition to additional program funding as approved for your session. 

Based on the success of the day-long filmmakers’ symposium at the annual BlackStar Film Festival (that has included 100 filmmakers of color annually), BlackStar is proud to present the William and Louise Greaves Filmmaker Seminar, a gathering for Black, Brown, and Indigenous artists working in cinematic realms.  Participants will explore the technical and creative aspects of media-making, while having honest conversations about the successes and pitfalls of their work.  Our environment considers the intersection of cinema and visual arts, and is exclusively designed for people of color to focus and not manage the added burden of representation.

The Seminar is named after visionary filmmakers William and Louise Greaves, who together co-produced landmark documentaries such as Symbiopsychotaxiplasm and Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey.  Read more about the importance of William’s decades-long career, which included over 200 documentary films, here. The first and second Seminar were held virtually in 2021 and 2022. In 2023 BlackStar hosted the third Seminar in-person in Philadelphia.

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2023. The BlackStar Programs team may seek to schedule a meeting with you to better understand the scope of your proposal. You will be notified of the status of your submission no later than November 30, 2023. Access the submission form here.

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